Hawks couldn’t stop Ravens comeback
In an overall wild game, the Seahawks and Ravens went to overtime in 2003 to decide the outcome. What a game it was. In a game that totaled 85 points between the two teams, it was a slow start.
The end of the 1st quarter hit with a 0-0 tie and a complete defensive game. That was the complete opposite of what it was going to turn out to be.
Seahawks kicker Josh Brown got the scoring started in the 2nd quarter with a 45 yard field goal. Ravens kicker Matt Stover answered later in the quarter with a 21 yarder.
Then Matt Hasselbeck found his rhythm.
Hass hit Darrell Jackson for a 2 yard strike and then Bobby Engram from 10 yards out for a score within 22 seconds of each other, ending the 2nd quarter with a 17-3 lead in favor of the Seahawks.
Then the Anthony Wright-to-Marcus Robinson show got started.
The first score of the 3rd quarter came via a 13 yard pass from Wright to Robinson. Hasselbeck followed that up with a 38 yard score to Koren Robinson.
Josh Brown tacked on 3 more with a 46 yard field goal after a 24 yard punt by Baltimore punter Dave Zastudil.
Wright hit Robinson for their second touchdown connection of the game, this one for 50 yards. Hasselbeck came back with an 80 yard bomb to Darrell Jackson on the only play of the drive for the Seahawks.
Wright connected to Robinson once more, with this one going 25 yards for the score.
The back and forth tempo of the game was intense, but the Seahawks were mounting an ever growing lead on the Ravens. The 3rd quarter ended with the Seahawks up 34-24.
The 4th quarter is where things got wild.
Hasselbeck threw his 5th and final touchdown of the game to Engram from 5 yards out. Hasselbeck finished 23/41 for 333 yards with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions. The 5 touchdowns set a new career high for him.
What happened next started the rapid decline for the Seahawks as the Ravens Ed Reed blocked a Tom Rouen punt and returned it 16 yards for the touchdown.
Wright connected with Robinson for their fourth and final touchdown of the game, this one for 9 yards.
The Ravens were now within 3 points of the Seahawks with the game winding down and the Ravens getting one last drive to tie or win the game.
Marcus Trufant helped the Ravens get into position downfield with a 44 yard pass interference call against him. That set up a Matt Stover 40 yard field goal for the Ravens which tied the game 41-41 as time expired.
Overtime went in favor of the Ravens after they ran a 12 play, 55 yard drive lasting 6:37 to set them up for the win. Stover hit the game winning 42 yard field goal with about 7:30 left in overtime.
The Ravens had mounted the largest comeback in their history, winning 44-41.
Anthony Wright finished 20/37 for 319 yards and 4 scores, all to WR Marcus Robinson. Robinson had 131 yards with those 4 touchdowns. Frank Sanders had 3 grabs for 66 yards for the Ravens.
Jamal Lewis rushed for 117 yards in 26 carries and making 6 catches for 43 yards.
Darrell Jackson had 7 catches for 146 yards and the 2 scores. Koren Robinson had 4 catches for 64 yards and a score, but could’ve had more after dropping some crucial passes in the game.
Bobby Engram had the 2 touchdown catches but only mounted 46 yards on 4 catches in the game.
Shaun Alexander had 22 carries for 76 yards.
There were no interception in such a pass-happy game, but each team did total 6 sacks. Peter Boulware and rookie Terrell Suggs each had 2 for the Ravens with Gary Baxter and Kelly Gregg each getting another.
John Randle had 2 sacks for Seattle and Rocky Bernard, Lamar King, Brandon Mitchell and Chike Okeafor all got 1 of their own.
Here is a link to a 45 minute NFL Network recap of the game. Beware, though, as it is Hulu and there will be many ads. You have been warned!